Bose 901 Series VI Speaker System Reviews

Bose 901 Series VI Speaker System

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    Jun 3, 2012 by
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    Summary: The first set of Bose  901's I ever heard was in 1981. I was stationed overseas and my bestfriend purchased a set.  I spent hours listening to those speakers. I was young and did not have much experience or knowledge of speakers. I ... read more

  • Bose 901 direct reflecting

    Mar 6, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Treble as high as horns with out the raspness, bass then more bass
    Cons: Critical placement,best in the basement and need lots of power 250 and up

    Summary: I have lots of speakers,threw tons of parties,never blew them up. Ill tell u this these speakers arnt junk  , biggest thing is the amp they all sound differant, find the right one with lots of juice. Then off to placement, now this is very ... read more

  • Bose 901 Legendary Sound Alive and Well

    Jul 30, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Superb sound for the enthusiast.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: After several days of careful reconsideration, I settled on my perennial favorite speakers, the Bose 901 Series VI system. There is a tremendous amount of controversy surrounding these speakers, with a very wide range of opinions as to their actual ... read more


    Jan 1, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Huge Sound! Clear, Full, Rich, Good dynamics.Great Resale!! !!
    Cons: pricey. Stands are pricey too. EQ's used are pricey too..

    Summary: I have many speakers....Some expensive, Some very very expensive. I have played in Bands for many years..I enjoy all kinds of music from Strings to brass, From Rock to Gospel and everything inbetween. I love Music!!! I just love it!!! And..I have owned ... read more

  • Unsurpassed

    Nov 9, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No other stereo speaker system at any price can compare with it.
    Cons: Needs clean, decent power (150W peak per channel minimum) and requires proper room placement.

    Summary: If you have the room and the power, there is not speaker system made that can compare with the 901 series for stereo reproduction of acoustic music. (If you listen to heavy metal or heavy rap, you'll probably want front-firing speakers.) Be warned: these ... read more


    Oct 23, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: possible to get good sound in right situation the reason for the positive reviews
    Cons: in most cases and rooms good sound is not possible

    Summary: Summary: TO ALL 901 OWNERS AND 901 HATERS first of all let me state I am a 901 owner and have 3 friends who own 901s one who owns 2 sets (double bose) I have heard every direct/reflecting speaker bose ever made from the original 901 to 901 ... read more

  • My Reference Standard...For The Right Room!

    Jul 9, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Detailed powerful reproduction of sound. Curved and contoured cabinets. Pleasure to behold visually and sonically!
    Cons: Very picky about amplifier & room size characteristics!  Use separates or "Tape Monitor" receivers/amps.

    Summary: In 1968, I took an old Philco record player and turned it into my first hifi turntable by installing a Shure M3D stereo magnetic phono cartridge and then adding a preamp and low powered amp and sealing the entire deal by building these gigantic ... read more

  • Still an amazing advisari in the tech-world of speakers

    Jun 23, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Bulletproof power-handling Unbeatable sound for the price
    Cons: Set up can be tricky but one is well rewarded by doing it right.

    Summary: I have owned my 901's for 15 years and have graduated all the way from Pioneer to Adcom bridged GFA5 ... read more

  • BOSE = Beware Of boSE

    May 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: You won't know where the sound is coming from!
    Cons: Only has 9 speakers per enclosure!

    Summary: I just happened to visit the Bose store the other day to see for myself just what there Bose 901 speakers are all about. Naturally I brought along my Cyndi Lauper CD because I wanted to hear for myself just what these great speakers do with the ... read more

  • not for musicians, audiophiles, studios, students. ok for sound reinforcement

    May 15, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: an interesting arrangement
    Cons: 9 identical speakers per cabinet is a disaster waiting to happen

    Summary: this is a design you will never see from the likes of b&w, nestorovic, thiel, nht, marshall, fender, vox, celestion, and probably anyone else. the speakers of today are doing some rather incredible things and it seems a real shame for consumers of any ... read more

  • Speakers should be crafted not engineered.

    May 6, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: They look Nice
    Cons: They sound terrible

    Summary: These speakers have no soul. Sure there's a bunch of science behind them as a few posters went into detail about. However music is an art not a science and speakers should be crafted with that in mind. Yes its true you can hear all the highs all at the ... read more

  • what's going on here

    Apr 9, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: there is no pro to this type of speaker
    Cons: direct/reflecting arrangement destroys stereo imaging. midrange speakers and an equaliser.

    Summary: people hear in stereo - just go to the nearest bar and listen to the band play and plug one of your ears and notice the effect. the classic method of recodring is two have two microphones a certain distance away from the musicians and this is ... read more

  • The best speakers ever

    Nov 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Amazing sound, Relatively simple installation.
    Cons: Nothing

    Summary: These are the best speakers ever. Everything sounds good on it. The highs are clear and bright. The mid-range is clean, and it has sufficient bass. It does cost a lot, but if you have the money and you want exceptional music reproductions, ... read more

  • Another converted Bose fan

    Sep 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Full sound. Good value. Bullet proof
    Cons: Set up is critical

    Summary: For many years I had listened to people advance the highs and the lows of Bose equipment. A friend has had one of the earlier sets of 901s seemingly forever and I found that I always used these as the bench mark for anything that I listened to from the ... read more

  • left by time

    May 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good warm music
    Cons: not so technologically advance

    Summary: So far this is the most unique speaker I have ever seen, because of the enclosure technology, but as far as I'm concerned this technology has been left in time. This innovation has been invented almost 50 years ago, it has been re-invented by most of the ... read more

  • The best speakers in this price range

    May 10, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Power, unbreakable.
    Cons: Design, price.

    Summary: This speakers will rock your world. I have had them for 6 years without a hitch. I you really like music and enjoy entertaining people get these speakers. Your neighbors won't appreciate the subtle tones coming from them, you may divorce your wife ... read more

  • Best home theatre speakers I've ever heard!

    Feb 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent sound clarity and reproduction. Very loud.
    Cons: Finding a suitable position for the speakers.

    Summary: For those of you that don't think Bose 901s can be used for home theatre, your wrong. However, you will have to either purchase extra speakers, or make your own. I personally made my own. So, how did I do that? Well, I have a pair of series ... read more

  • 901s Why Bother?

    Feb 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: You could take the drivers out and have 9 wonderful holes to plant flowers in
    Cons: Flat non realistic sound. Should cost $60 each

    Summary: Let me start off by saying that I do NOT own these speakers nor ever will. Granted , in the early 70's the 901s were a fairly nice speaker. Times have changed and the 901s haven't. You have to question a speaker who depends upon exacting room ... read more

  • A Speaker for your Rec Room

    Aug 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well built, can take a beating, company stands behind product
    Cons: Surrealistic sound, boomy mid-bass, weak deep bass, grainy treble

    Summary: I've listened to the classic 901 several times across the past 30 years. It has a very distinctive sound that I've never heard from another speaker. Apparently this sound is one that appeals to some people, however this sound is not at all similar to ... read more

  • I salute Bose for selling those speakers

    May 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Look 'ma - Bose 901
    Cons: Great marketing, the most inaccurate speakers

    Summary: Bose is one of the most controversial audio companies. They enjoy brand recognition, and many of us had some of their speakers in the past (or at least had a friend or a relative that had them). Many people will swear that they are the best in ... read more

  • Face It, The Technology Is DEAD; And So Is Bose

    May 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I don't own them.
    Cons: Outdated Technology, Flatter Sound Than Others, Expenisve as Hell

    Summary: I went into the Bose store and heard the Bose 901 Series VI. They sounded good, but this isn't 1967? Is it? Bose has come a long way with hype and poor quality products. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Bose speakers were the best. Times have changed, we have ... read more

  • Grossly under-appreciated speaker

    Apr 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Coherent, lifelike, almost 3-dimensional sound
    Cons: Need ample power, sensitive to room placement, equalizer a little noisy

    Summary: In my opinion the Bose 901's have been given a bad rap by: 1. Persons who are prejudiced against the Bose Corporation (not without some reason); 2. Persons who have never heard the speaker, but have only heard ABOUT it from someone else who hates it; and ... read more

  • Bose Stands Behind their Products

    Mar 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Long lasting, long term support; top quality sound; you can't break them.
    Cons: High price.

    Summary: There is not much more to say about 901s that others have not already offered. These speakers are top end, top notch speakers in every way. What you may not know is how well Bose stands behind their products. Our experience has proven that buying 901s ... read more

  • 901's are still the best!

    Mar 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Size, sound, statement! Bose 901's are simply the Standard for excellence!
    Cons: Need to have the correct reciever to "push" the speakers. If not, sound is off!

    Summary: Now that I've had my 901's for several months now, I really appreciate the total music/movie sound track/quality satifaction I get when I sit down and listen to my home system. Utilyzing the 901's as my front speakers for my home theater set ... read more

  • These Things Could Make Your Ears Bleed

    Jan 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: They're easy to get at the mall
    Cons: Who would want them

    Summary: My husband is a very opinionated, and a highly studied audiophile. Audio is his life. Just so you know, I do have a little bias on this subject matter. My husband is starting his own company, Crowley Acoustics. He will be building high efficiency, ... read more

  • Not for Home Theaters!!

    Oct 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lifelike sound for stereo
    Cons: Not home theater compatable

    Summary: There are a lot of people who swear by these speakers, and after hearing these in the right environment I can see why. These are designed to "spray" the sound off walls, ceilings and floors to give the most lifelike representation of concert ... read more

  • A Lifetime of Listening Enjoyment

    Jul 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderfully rich sound, stereo from almost any angle
    Cons: Not suitable for surround systems

    Summary: Let me start out by admitting I own a pair of Bose 901 Series V speakers, not Series VI. Epinions doesn't have a category for these speakers that have served me so well over the years, but that's ok. Many of the observations I am about to make will apply ... read more

  • Cutting Edge Technology (of 1967)

    Jul 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Low Profile
    Cons: Bad Sound, Cheaply Built, Paper cones, no tweeters!?!?

    Summary: I don't like these, and I didn't buy these, I heard these and many other Bose products at a Bose outlet store. These speakers sound like crap. They have terrible accuracy, bad imaging, the worst frequency response of any speaker over $20, and all in ... read more

  • $50,000 Hyundai

    May 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service from Bose very good. Loud.

    Summary: I've grown up with BOSE. My father is an all American man. He likes Cadillacs, John Wayne, and BOSE speakers. That's just how it is. Since I was a child my dad had these BOSE 901 series IV speakers. They shook the walls. He swore by them. He used to tell ... read more

  • 901's are great

    May 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: sound quality
    Cons: Price I guess but then again you only get what you pay for

    Summary: I am currently on my second pair of 901's. The first pair which I inherited from my father lasted 19 years before the foam suspension finally gave out, and the sound was great till then. Fortunately Bose offers an exchange program where for ... read more

  • Extremely good value for high end speakers!

    Jan 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely good value for high end speakers
    Cons: Identical drivers

    Summary: The year is 1968. A combination of social upheaval and psychedelic music rock America. Amid the turmoil, an eccentric but very determined MIT professor introduces a new kind of loudspeaker. The Bose 901 makes Dr. Amar Bose a famous and wealthy man. In ... read more

  • Still the best

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Incredible sound, VERY long lasting
    Cons: expensive, expensive

    Summary: The Bose 901 Speaker has been around and virtually unchanged for about 20 years. I have a pair that is about that old as well as a brand new pair that is about 6 months old. Bose has something fantastic here that no one will ever equal. The sound from ... read more

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  • Bose 901 Series VI

    Nov 27, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Are capable of great bass and treble when set up right.
    Cons: Material components need to be upgraded to be legit for the 21st century. Still inefficient.

    Summary: I originally purchased a pair of 901 series II in college and had an underpowered amp (40 watts RMS per channel). They killed the amp quickly. I up graded to Carver's The Receiver w/ 150 watt RMS per channel. They sounded better but eventually the ... read more

  • good if your deaf

    Jul 7, 2007 by
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    Pros: looks
    Cons: not fit for purpose ie to listen to music with

    Summary: no disrespect to deaf people but the speakers are absolutly dreadful sound quality .bose has been selling total crap products for many years now i cannot believe anyone can think they sound ... read more

  • I Like The 901's Series V1

    May 27, 2007 by
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    Pros: Awesome sound especially with hardwood floors and high ceilings.
    Cons: Hard to match up other speakers for good surround system.

    Summary: Bought my last pair in 91 with EQ and stands and still like them to this day. Like other reviews they do not perform great with surround sound systems unless you want to hear the Bose speakers mainly. Yet, some speakers do sound good as rear and center ... read more

  • What is Wrong With You People?

    Feb 24, 2006 by
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    Pros: None
    Cons: Price, performance, dated styling, unshielded, outdated connector scheme, pedestals silly looking, equalizer analog only

    Summary: It doesn't take a genius to determine the Bose 901 sounds horrible, all it takes is a simple side-to-side comparison. I own a set of 901 series VI's and can without hesitation tell you that the Bose speakers sound BAD. I mean really bad! I'm just ... read more

  • Bose

    Oct 31, 2005 by
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    Pros: Impressive soundstage (overly-exagurated)
    Cons: Sound accuracy is terrible

    Summary: Compareing this speaker to B&W dm602 (which are bottom of the line b&w speakers) is depressing as dm602 sound a lot more "right there" and a lot more accurate. At first, it sounds very impressive - the stage appears to be a lot wider than the distance ... read more


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    Cons: NOTHING!


  • The Best I've Heard

    Apr 2, 2004 by
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    Pros: Open, spacious, room-filling sound. Try an old Beatles album and hear what you've missed.
    Cons: Expensive!

    Summary: I've owned Bose 901 speakers since since Series IV. This is the best loudspeaker system I have ever heard. I enjoy their wide open sound--the impact on vocals and acoustic instruments is especially stunning--and have looked for 30 years to find ... read more

  • Bose- The biggest con in the audio industry

    Feb 4, 2004 by
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    Pros: Return policy
    Cons: Their sound.

    Summary: It's amazing that consumers who wouldn't be caught dead driving a substandard car such as a Yugo or AMC Gremlin would devote themselves to the audio equivalent called the Bose 901 (or any Bose product for that matter). This can only be attributed to the ... read more

  • I love music of all...

    Aug 30, 2002 by
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    Summary: I love music of all kinds. I will spend hours in Hi-FI shops listening to systems and find the 901 i ... read more

  • I just love them, If...

    Aug 3, 2002 by
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    Summary: I just love them, If you have always wanted to impress someone with clarity at low - High volume; lo ... read more

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